Climate variability and institutional fexibility: Resource governance at the intersection between ecological instability and mobility in drylands

Han van Dijk*, Cyrus Samimi, Harald Zandler

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Abstract

Drylands are characterized by high rainfall variability, both in time and space. Long dry seasons, large fluctuations in annual rainfall, and intra-seasonal and localized droughts result in even more extreme fluctuations in resource availability. Typically, dryland inhabitants respond using a range of strategies, including investments in land but also extensive mobile use of natural resources such as nomadic pastoralism. This flexible use of natural resources is also reflected in the flexible set-up of natural resource governance regimes. Yet these flexible regimes increasingly run counter to formal systems of land tenure and land allocation and are affected by increasing climate variability and progressive climate change. In this chapter, an overview will be provided of the main issues at the intersection between climate variability and resource governance regimes and the linkages with present-day climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrylands Facing Change
Subtitle of host publicationInterventions, Investments and Identities
EditorsA. Kronenburg García, T. Haller, H. van Dijk, C. Samimi, J. Warner
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Chapter2
Pages15-31
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003174486
ISBN (Print)9781032005089
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2022

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